Child care law



Tusla to challenge court order to pay €35,000 to solicitor to secure vulnerable boy's accommodation

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is set to challenge a court order to pay €35,000 to a solicitor to help find suitable accommodation for a vulnerable 17-year-old boy.

Published 13 September 2019

Plans to regulate childminders put out to public consultation

Plans to require childminders to register with Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, have gone out to public consultation.

Published 30 August 2019

Alleged perjury during in camera hearings can be prosecuted

Allegations of perjury during in camera hearings can be investigated by gardaí and prosecuted by them, the High Court has confirmed in a declaration with particular significance for family law and child care proceedings.

Published 21 August 2019

Woman threatened with jail over child care social media posts

A woman has been threatened with jail if she continues posting information about her son's child care proceedings on social media.

Published 20 August 2019

Draft bill establishes national Guardian ad litem service favouring one in every child care case

Legislation to establish a new national Guardian ad litem service and introduce a presumption in favour of appointing a Guardian ad litem for all children in child care proceedings has been published.

Published 13 August 2019

Child law expert Dr Conor O'Mahony appointed special rapporteur on child protection

Child law expert Dr Conor O'Mahony has been appointed as special rapporteur on child protection for a three-year term.

Published 30 July 2019

First 2019 volume of case reports published by Child Care Law Reporting Project

The Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) has published its first volume of case reports for 2019, featuring 47 cases including six from the High Court and one from the Court of Appeal.

Published 8 July 2019

#InPictures: Law Society hosts special event on the Children Order

The Law Society of Northern Ireland hosted a special event this week to discuss key issues around the Children Order.

Published 31 May 2019

David Taylor: Who decides where a child in care should live?

David Taylor, solicitor in the child and family law team at Comyn Kelleher Tobin, considers a recent High Court judgment clarifying the powers of the District Court under the Child Care Act 1991.

Published 30 May 2019

Family law experts address Law Society conference on Children's Order

Family law experts addressed a packed meeting at Law Society House on the private law aspects of the Children's Order.

Published 8 April 2019

Child care law experts call for dedicated family court following overcrowding evidence

The Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) has called for the establishment of a specialist family court with dedicated child care days following new evidence about over-crowding in the courts.

Published 11 March 2019

Ireland must 'do better' for children in care who come into contact with justice system

Ireland must "do better" for the small minority of children in care who come into contact with the criminal justice system, according to new research on the link between care and justice.

Published 28 February 2019

CCLRP: Parental homelessness is keeping children in care

The latest tranche of case reports from the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) reveal that homelessness is leading to children being kept in care.

Published 21 January 2019